As a tribute to the only king of Lithuania, the monument is very symbolic. The available biographical sources relating to the history of Lithuania provide us with only a very abstract portrait of the king.
The sculpture itself is almost three-and-a-half metres tall, so its size perfectly conveys the king’s power.
Created by sculptor Regimantas Midvikis, the monument depicts King Mindaugas seated at a throne and holding royal regalia – a sceptre and an orb, intended as a symbol of power.
The solar calendar is inscribed around the monument’s pedestal, and both Christian and pagan celebrations are recorded. This indicates that King Mindaugas did not completely abandon his religion, and was prepared to accept Christianity in his quest to become king.
The monument is found in front of the Lithuanian National Museum. It was erected there in 2003 to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the coronation of King Mindaugas.
It was unveiled on 6 July 2003, when Mindaugas’ Coronation Day is celebrated.